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Rishi Kapoor will be seen on the big screen one last time; Sharmaji Namkeen producer confirms theatrical release 

Rishi Kapoor bid adieu to the world on April 30 after battling for two years with cancer. However, we will get to see him on the big screen for one last time with Sharmaji Namkeen

Rishi Kapor will be seen on the big screen one last time; Sharmaji Namkeen producer confirms theatrical release 

Honey Trehan, co-producer of the film while speaking to a tabloid revealed that they will release the film in the theatres. He said that they owe it to Rishi Kapoor and said he is grateful to Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar for investing in the film monetarily and emotionally. 

The film had gone on floors in December. Sharmaji Namkeen revolves around a sexagenarian who discovers the joy of life after retirement. Honey said that he had shot a major portion of the film in January in Delhi and had a four-day schedule pending. The crew was supposed to shoot in Mumbai in march but their plans went for a toss owing to the pandemic. 

Rishi Kapoor had crucial scenes in the final schedule. However, with the sudden demise of the lead actor, the unit have to complete the film in his absence. Trehan said that they will be using advanced technology, an amalgamation of VFX and some special technique to finish the film without compromising on the quality. 

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2020-05-08 13:40:09

The Invisible Man: What Happens To The Dog? | Screen Rant

The Invisible Man 2020 briefly featured an adorable dog named Zeus, owned by Cecilia and Adrian, but did the little pooch survive the film? One of the most memorable parts of The Invisible Man‘s 2020 reinvention is the opening sequence, in which Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) escapes from her abusive boyfriend Adrian’s (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) high-tech home in the dead of night. Without saying a line of dialogue, the film effectively conveys how terrified Cecilia is of Adrian, and that makes every little moment in which she almost wakes him excruciatingly tense.

This includes one time when Cecilia inadvertently kicks the bowl of her and Adrian’s dog Zeus, making a loud clattering noise and causing an incredibly suspenseful moment where the viewer wonders how Adrian could’ve possibly slept through that. Cecilia then runs into Zeus after she’s out of the house, and although she can’t take him with her, she can’t bring herself to leave without removing the inhumane shock collar Adrian has put on the poor creature.

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From then on, Zeus mostly disappears from the story, outside of a few short scenes. Understandably, many animal lovers have a hard time watching a dog die in a film, and may be asking if Zeus lives. Here’s what happens.

While it’s somewhat easy to miss during The Invisible Man‘s shocking, satisfying conclusion, Zeus does survive the film. This is despite the fact that earlier Zeus attacked an invisible Adrian to protect Cecilia, when Cecilia infiltrated Adrian’s home to try and figure out how he was pulling off his scheme against her. Interestingly, that means that despite Adrian behaving like a monster toward Cecilia, he still didn’t choose to kill Zeus for interfering in his plans. Even evil people like their pets it seems.

Anyway, after Cecilia succeeds in killing Adrian in a way that makes it look like a suicide, she leaves the house with Zeus in tow, suggesting he’ll go on to a new life in a happier home. No more shock collars for this good boy, not even one. If a sequel to The Invisible Man 2020 ever happens – and with the box office take, it’s not hard to imagine – one assumes that Zeus will return along with Cecilia, hopefully to attack some more evil people. Zeus will not tolerate such despicable behavior, especially toward his human mama, and won’t hesitate to take another bite out of crime in the future.

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2020-03-22 22:00:32

Michael Kennedy

10 Movies You Didn’t Realize Were Filmed In Front Of A Green Screen

The usage of the green screen has become essential for many films, especially in the last few years. With the rise of big fantasy and sci-fi blockbusters, and, above all, superhero films, which feature people with non-human skills and big fights, the presence of CGI is inevitable.

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These films use special effects heavily, and green screen helps them to create realistic places, people, and scenarios which would be almost impossible to film otherwise—at least, in a real-looking way. But you might be surprised to find out that some much more down-to-earth films also made use of green screen effects. Here are 10 movies you didn’t realize were filmed in front of a green screen.

10 Deadly Honeymoon

You probably don’t know of this 2010 film since it wasn’t released in the cinemas but was filmed directly for TV. The film stars Summer Glau as Lindsey, a newly married woman. Lindsey and her husband Trevor decide to spend their honeymoon on a one-week long romantic cruise on a ship.

Unfortunately for the new couple, it soon becomes obvious that they have a different idea about how they should be spending the cruise. Lindsey wants to spend more time with her husband, but Trevor prefers making new friends, and then he disappears, and Lindsey is found sitting on the deck, not remembering anything. The film uses the green screen for portraying the interior of the ship, like when Lindsey is standing on the deck.

9 Life Of Pi

Even though Deadly Honeymoon and Life of Pi both take place on an open sea, the difference between them possibly couldn’t be any greater. Life of Pi drew a lot of attention to it when it was released back in 2012. It tells the story of a young boy who ends up stranded on a ship whose only other passenger is a tiger.

You probably won’t be surprised by finding out that the tiger was CGI, not a real animal, but did you know the film’s creators didn’t film on a real sea and instead used the green screen to make it seem like it? Filming on a sea is highly unpredictable, so they used a pool, instead.

8 The Great Gatsby

The 2013 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classical book doesn’t belong to the genre of science-fiction or fantasy, so some viewers might think that it didn’t require the use of the green screen to transform the book into a film. However, The Great Gatsby does take place in the past, and it relied on more than just period costumes and hairstyles, as well as a mixture of modern and old music.

New York has changed in countless ways since the 1920s, and it looks much different in the 21st century then it did a century ago. As a result, it was necessary to use the green screen to show what the city of all cities used to be like in the past.

7 The Wolf Of Wall Street

The Great Gatsby isn’t the only Leonardo DiCaprio film that made it onto this list. The actor often stars in period movies—and not just Titanic, which might immediately spring to the minds of some viewers—but also the more recent 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street, which was inspired by true events.

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The film brings its audience back to the 1990s and is a mixture of humor, drama, romance—however twisted it may seem at times—and crime, all of this in a three-hour package. Instead of filming in an actual port, it uses the green screen to show the characters walking throughout a port.

6 Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

Yes, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn does unmistakably belong to the fantasy genre since it revolves around vampires and werewolves, and it also uses its fair share of special effects, especially when it needs to portray the vampires’ and werewolves’ abilities, and, of course, the transformation into werewolves.

However, it also uses the green screen in a way you might not expect. When Bella and Edward are enjoying their romantic getaway, Bella sleeps in a bed, and Edward is standing near an open window showing a beautiful view of the water and nature outside. The view in that scene was added later on, as this it was originally filmed against the green screen.

5 San Andreas

Another useful trick films often use when they need to include special effects, is playing with perspective. It’s twice more useful, as the technique has been around for a long time, much longer than any CGI, or computer-generated imagery, if you’d like. It takes time to build it, but is usually worth the effort, and it also makes for some truly fascinating behind-the-scenes images.

Such was the case of the 2015 catastrophic and adventure film San Andreas. Dwayne Johnson plays the leading role, a man who goes to save his daughter when a powerful earthquake erupts in California. It looks very realistic in the film, but the bridge was actually very small and filmed against a green screen.

4 A Good Day To Die Hard

Just like San Andreas, the 2013 film A Good Day To Die Hard is an action-flick, and, as such, it used the green screen. Action films feature a lot of car chases, gunfights, and, of course, explosions, so it’s often a safe bet to put the green screen into action.

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Not only is it safer for everyone involved—actors and crew included—but it’s also considerably cheaper. If the creators of A Good Day To Die Hard decided to let an actual helicopter explode, it’d be not only insanely dangerous, but also really expensive, so it’s better to just use the green screen.

3 Titanic

Did you miss Leonardo DiCaprio already? Then here’s some good news! Let’s take a look at another of his iconic films, the already-mentioned 1997 Oscar-winning Titanic, which basically kickstarted DiCaprio’s career on a large scale.

The film was difficult to make, considering it was filmed in the mid-1990s, but its director, James Cameron, didn’t give up, and the result, as most people will probably agree, is well worth it. Even though a model of the ship was available, Cameron and the crew also used the green screen for some of the scenes, like Rose’s and Jack’s first kiss, and the “I’m flying!” scene.

2 Tag

Of all of the films on this list, the super funny 2018 comedy Tag is probably the last film you’d suspect of using any CGI. As with many modern Hollywood films, though, it didn’t shy away from the technique.

Jeremy Renner plays a man who’s been playing a game of tag with his friends for the decades. He’s never been tagged before, which makes his friends frustrated. When they find out that Renner’s hero is about to get married, they decide it’s their last chance to tag him before he becomes a married man. Renner broke both of his arms (ouch) early in the production phase, so he had to wear green sleeves over his casts, basically, a small version of the green screen and the crew then used computers to replace Renner’s own arms with an uninjured set of arms.

1 Shutter Island

His hero Jack Dawson from Titanic called himself “king of the world,” but Leonardo DiCaprio, should he choose to, could easily call himself “king of the green screen.” Catchy, don’t you think?

Anyway, besides the films mentioned above, Leonardo DiCaprio also starred in a 2010 film Shutter Island, directed by the legendary director Martin Scorsese. The movie is a mystery thriller about a detective Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) who goes to investigate the disappearance of a crazy female murderer who disappeared from an asylum where she was held. The film is brilliant and unpredictable, and it also used the green screen to bring its rich atmosphere to all the viewers. Sometimes it’s just easier and cheaper to use the green screen than to build all the sets, especially if you’re filming a period piece.

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2020-03-22 20:30:26

Kath Leroy

How Smallville Improved Superman’s Origin Story | Screen Rant

Smallville made some big changes to Superman’s origin story, and made it even better, despite the fact that the Man of Steel has what is perhaps the most iconic and well-known origin story in the history of superheroes. The Superman prequel series starred Tom Welling as a young Clark Kent and took the character on a 10-year journey as he went from being a high school freshman to the world’s greatest superhero.

Smallville made quite a few changes to Superman’s story, among the biggest being his relationships with the characters from the comics. Smallville added a friendship dynamic between Clark Kent and his soon-to-be greatest enemy, Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum), that lasted for four seasons until it all fell apart. It also allowed Clark to befriend Lois Lane (Erica Durance) when he was still in high school, and several years before becoming Superman. Furthermore, Smallville established a relationship between Clark and Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley), who helped him understand the responsibilities that his powers gave him.

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However, in addition to crafting its own story, Smallville relied a great deal on the comics by pitting Clark against notable threats like Zod, Doomsday, Brainiac, and more. Also, Smallville made quite a few major additions to the Superman lore which actually improved the character’s origin story.

Smallville notably added new characters to Superman’s origin story, such as Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) and Lionel Luthor (John Glover). Chloe, who ran the high school newspaper, was one of Clark’s best friends and one of the first people he was able to trust with his secret. The character was so popular that she was eventually added to the comics. Lionel Luthor was Lex Luthor’s deviously clever father, who took a turn from villain to ally over the course of his seven seasons on the show.

After becoming linked to Jor-El, Lionel tried to put an end to his old ways and become a mentor figure to Clark. While Smallville leaned heavily on the comic book characters, these new characters played important roles in Clark’s journey as well, with Chloe in particular becoming his most trusted ally. Chloe, who was billed as a series regular for all 10 seasons, discovered the truth about Clark’s alien origins in season 5 and assisted him in nearly all of his biggest challenges. She even played a part in the introduction of Smallville‘s Justice League.

In the Superman comics, Clark’s Kryptonian parents – Jor-El and Lara-El – send him to Earth on a spaceship that crash-lands in Smallville, Kansas, where it’s found by married couple Jonathan and Martha Kent. Smallville expands on this idea by having the spaceship arrive in a tragic meteor shower that changes the town of Smallville forever. First of all, this provided a practical explanation for the abundance of Kryptonite found on Earth. In the show, the Kryptonite infected people and gave them abilities. Dealing with these people in his teenage years served as trials for Clark, as his encounters with these meteor-infected villains gave him plenty of opportunities to master his abilities.

There’s also the impact it had on Clark’s character development as well as his relationships, especially the one he shared with his first love, Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk). The meteor shower killed Lana’s parents, which in turn caused Clark to be haunted with guilt throughout his high school years. For a long time, Clark blamed himself for how the meteor shower changed the lives of so many people around him, some of which were his own friends.

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Beyond the meteor shower affecting the town as a whole, Smallville changed the circumstances of how Clark was discovered by the Kents. It’s always been understood that Clark was fortunate that he was found by people like Jonathan and Martha; they gave him a good life and helped shape him into a superhero. Alternate timelines, like the one depicted in Superman: Red Son, have shown fans what would have happened if Clark was discovered by the wrong people.

Interestingly, Smallville season 3 revealed that Clark being found by the Kents wasn’t actually a coincidence. In one episode, Clark experienced visions that allowed him to discover that Jor-El had secretly visited Earth long ago while on a trial of his own. While there, Jor-El was wrongly accused of murder. In his moment of need, he was aided by Jonathan’s father, Hiram Kent. Jor-El developed respect for Hiram, and it was this very moment that led to everything that happened in Smallville.

After seeing this memory, Clark realized that Jor-El wanted the Kents to take Clark in. Jor-El liked Hiram, and believed that any son of Hiram’s would be a suitable guardian for his own child. This suspicion was confirmed in Smallville season 7 when a flashback showed Lara (Helen Slater) and Supergirl (Laura Vandervoort) visiting the Kents’ home prior to the meteor shower. According to Lara, this was the home of the family she and Jor-El had picked for their son. This made for an interesting change to the story of how Clark was found, because it meant that Clark being found by the Kents was planned.

In Smallville season 2, Clark uncovered the Kawatche Caves, a place once occupied by a Native American tribe. The paintings on the walls told a prophecy about Clark, and they were covered in Kryptonian symbols. It was through Clark’s research into the Kawatche Caves that he began to learn about his purpose, his real parents, and his Kryptonian heritage. The symbols gave Clark clues about what he was sent to Earth to do, and for a while, they served as a way for Clark to communicate directly with Jor-El’s artificial intelligence. The caves acted as a key plot point for several seasons, as they factored heavily into the mystery surrounding Clark’s origin and the ambitions of the Luthors, who believed it would help solve their own problems.

But how did a language from a distant planet become etched on the walls of a Native American cave? Apparently, one or more Kryptonians traveled to Earth centuries ago and became associated with the Kawatche tribe. They allowed their symbols to be transcribed on the walls because they somehow knew that the Last Son of Krypton would one day make a voyage to Earth. Presumably, they knew that their future depended on Clark. That’s why they went to great lengths that their knowledge fell into his hands. The concept of Kryptonians coming to Earth long ago to ensure the survival of the last member of their species is easily one of the best ideas Smallville added to the Superman mythos.

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2020-03-21 19:22:33

Nicholas Raymond

The Hunt: Was Betty Gilpin The Real Crystal May? | Screen Rant

Warning! Major spoilers for The Hunt below.

The Hunt left its audiences with a burning question — was Betty Gilpin’s Crystal May the right Crystal? From previews dating back to its original 2019 release, the film seemed to be a straight forward adaptation of The Most Dangerous Game. So, it was quite the surprise when the film revealed a final act twist — she was never supposed to be one of the hunted.

The movie sees a group of wealthy corporate elites rounding up and kidnapping a group of “deplorables.” They drop this group in an abandoned field before they begin to hunt them for sport. As her comrades are quickly killed off, Crystal May fights back and begins to pick off her tormentors one-by-one. This leads to a pretty epic showdown with Hilary Swank’s Athena, who is the leader of the hunters. In the middle of monologuing during the film’s final act, Athena informs Crystal that she was selected because of everything she said online under the screen name “Justice4Yall.”

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However, it turns out that Athena’s group nabbed the wrong Crystal. Gilpin’s Crystal May says they were actually looking for Crystal Mae, another Crystal in her hometown. With her dying breath, Athena asks Crystal if she was lying — if she is actually Justice4Yall. While Athena does not believe Crystal told her the truth, it’s pretty clear that they got the wrong girl.

The question of Crystal May’s true identity is meant to leave the ending of this massively controversial film a little open-ended. But the fact that Athena and her friends kidnapped the wrong Crystal because they went on unverified truths is totally in keeping with theme of this movie. The Hunt opens with a text chain between Athena and her friends in which they discuss how excited they are for their upcoming hunt of human “deplorables.” At the end of the film, it’s revealed that text chain took place a year prior to the events of the movie. The contents of their texts were leaked, and they were all fired from their high-ranking jobs.

Athena claimed that the hunt was simply a joke. Everyone who posted about it online went too far by spreading gossip without verifying the facts first. So Athena and her friends decided to teach the “deplorables” involved with the leak a lesson. They wanted this hunt to be true. In the year leading up to the events of The Hunt, the elites decided to grant them that wish, and spent time and money planning their perfect hunt. Beyond that, the hunters painstakingly selected the people they wanted to hunt, based on the things they said online.

For some reason, Athena is fixated on the woman behind the screen name Justice4Yall. As Athena tells her in The Hunt‘s packed ending, Crystal is the group’s “Snowball,” referring to a character from Animal Farm. Athena’s so excited to take this woman down that she does a shoddy job verifying her identity. When she comes face-to-face with the wrong woman in a wildly violent showdown, Athena so badly wants to believe she caught the right Crystal. Despite getting the truth straight from the source, Athena dies believing what she wants to believe. It’s a grim, but clever full-circle ending for The Hunt.

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2020-03-21 19:00:30

Brynne Ramella

What We Do In The Shadows Season 2 Trailer | Screen Rant

FX released a trailer for season 2 of What We Do in the Shadowswhich features the full cast returning along with a few surprise guests. The series is based on a film of the same name written by Jermaine Clement (Legion) and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) and follows four vampire roommates living in present-day New York City. Waititi and Clement also starred in the film, but take executive producer roles in the series, which tells the story of four different vampires: Nandor the Relentless, Laszlo Cravensworth, his wife Nadja, and Colin, an energy vampire. Living with them is their human manservant, the lovable Guillermo.

A trailer for season 2 was released on YouTube teasing new problems and powers for the unruly undead heroes. The big reveal at the end of season 1 was that Guillermo (Harvey Guillén) is a direct descendent of Abraham Van Helsing (a famous vampire hunter created by Bram Stoker for his 1897 novel, Dracula). Obviously a history of vampire hunting ends up being a big moral dilemma for a guy serving the dark whims of four vampires. The trailer hints at Guillermo uncovering more about his famous lineage, but also reveals he’s still dedicated to his bloodsucking masters.

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Nick Kroll pops up briefly, to reprise Simon The Devious, a character introduced in the first season. Craig Robinson joins the series as the leader of a team of amateur vampire hunters. Haley Joel Osment and Mark Hamill are also confirmed to guest star. Season 1 featured a bevy of amazing guest stars, so hopefully, season 2 will continue that trend.

Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, and Mark Proksch return as Nandor, Laszlo, Nadja, and Colin. Season 1 recurring guests included Doug Jones, Beanie Feldstein, and Jake McDorman. Plus special appearances by Kroll, Kristen Schall, Dave Bautista, Tilda Swinton, Evan Rachel Wood, Danny Trejo, Wesley Snipes, and more. What We Do in the Shadows returns to FX on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

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Source: YouTube


2020-03-21 04:59:49

Shawn DePasquale

Hollywood Will Never Be The Same After Coronavirus | Screen Rant

The coronavirus has dramatically impacted Hollywood, and the entertainment industry will never be the same again. It has been around three months since the first cases of the virus now known as COVID-19 were reported in the Hubei province of China. Since then, the condition has spread across the globe and brought the world to a near-total standstill. As of the writing of this piece, more than 202,000 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in over 160 countries worldwide. More than 8,000 deaths have been confirmed while over 82,000 patients have officially made recoveries. In an attempt to stave off the speed with which the condition has spread, many world governments have taken drastic measures that include blanket travel bans, closed borders, curfews, and mass shutdowns of businesses and schools. The United States declared a state of emergency while countries such as Italy and Spain are in states of near-total quarantine.

The coronavirus has impacted every single part of daily life, from schooling to food to politics and much more. The entertainment world is but one aspect of this, but given its vast visibility, it has acted as a vignette, showing to even the biggest virus doubters just how massive the virus’ effect is on a global scale. Over the past two weeks, the changes have been especially notable, from the postponement of big-budget blockbusters to the closure of entire cinema chains to the cancellation of some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals.

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It is unknown how costly these measures will be, but it’s safe to say that the more prominent studios will be losing tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars over the coming weeks and beyond. The short-term impacts are glaring enough, but nobody seems to understand how much this will change Hollywood over the next few months and years. To put it bluntly, it seems unlikely that the film industry as we know it will ever be the same again thanks to the coronavirus.

For the past decade or so, Hollywood has been a strange grab-bag of contradictions. Studios like The Walt Disney Company have reported new record-breaking grosses on movies like Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the costs of those films have ballooned to gargantuan new levels that have made breaking-even harder than ever. The much-vaunted profits of China’s growing box office became the default mode for Hollywood profits, but it remains a tricky and untested market with suspicious tactics at its core. We saw the birth of several media monopolies, from Disney acquiring Fox to the epic growth of NBCUniversal under Comcast, but that hasn’t stopped many of Hollywood’s most historic studios from struggling to stay afloat.

All that and the speedy domination of streaming in film and television hasn’t helped to stave off dwindling theatrical ticket sales. Those billion-dollar box office numbers are deceiving: The grosses may be high for some, but it’s not across the board and they barely conceal the growing troubles at the heart of the industry. Hollywood has seldom played on secure ground, but the past ten years have seen them struggling in an atmosphere of smothering precarity. Unless you’re Disney, it seems that nobody is safe. It’s no wonder that the reactions to the coronavirus have been swift and dramatic. Few can afford to dawdle on this.

The evolution of Hollywood over the past decade, as documented above, meant that their seemingly extreme responses to the coronavirus were not only necessary but inevitable. Evidence of this is seen with the first major steps taken against COVID-19, mainly in the postponement or rescheduling of those big tentpole franchise titles. The 25th Bond movie, No Time to Die, opened the door for this change when it chose to move its release from April to November. What seemed hugely risky at the time now feels like a savvy move. Fast 9 followed, jumping from May 2020 to April 2021, then Disney made the shock decision to pull Mulan from its schedule altogether. It still does not have a new release date, although the company are reportedly hoping to still get it out in 2020. All of these films are dependent on big international money, especially from China, and it simply makes no sense to continue releasing them when that market is now all but gone. All of these choices happened before major cinema chains like AMC announced that it would close all of its theaters for between six and 12 weeks, forcing other studios and distributors to follow suit, regardless of how big or small their film was.

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The shutdown of films currently in production quickly followed. With various authorities, both political and scientific, advising against gatherings of more than a hundred people, studios made the call to shut down shooting or pre-production of various titles. Disney brought a halt to their entire live-action slate, which included in-production titles like Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, and Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley. The Matrix 4 followed suit, as did The Batman, the Avatar sequels, and Jurassic World: Dominion. Television has also been greatly affected, from Netflix’s Stranger Things to essentially the entire slate of American network TV (with some notable British titles, including long-running soap opera Eastenders also shutting down).

With the traditional realms of film and television grinding to a halt, many wondered if this would be the perfect time for the worlds of streaming to shine. Streaming services have already provided formidable competition to the old-school methods of Hollywood, but few could have envisaged that even the mighty big five studios would embrace them in this manner. NBCUniversal decided to break their theatrical window and put films like the upcoming Trolls World Tour as well as titles still in cinemas like The Hunt and The Invisible Man on VOD. For $19.99 and for 48 hours only, families could rent these titles. Disney+ made a similar choice when it decided to put its billion-dollar hit Frozen II on Disney+ months before initially scheduled. These aren’t blanket policies for any of the studios involved and it’s highly unlikely you’ll see, say, Black Widow dropping on Disney+ and bypassing cinemas altogether. Still, this moment felt like Hollywood unleashing a genie that it could never put back in the bottle.

Right now, the public at large has no idea how long the coronavirus will continue to impact daily life. With many people in voluntary self-isolation and worldwide cities left as veritable ghost-towns, this period of uncertainty is proving to be especially difficult. Hollywood and the entertainment industry at large have never faced a problem of this magnitude, and that’s what makes its long-term effects so unnerving.

Currently, most live-action productions have shut down for two weeks, with the potential for that hiatus to go on indefinitely; however, even if things go back to formal after 14 days, the immediate costs will be vast. The Hollywood Reporter noted that shutting down a major production like Shang-Chi for even one day could lead to a bill of around $300,000, and those numbers will only get bigger as the days pass. Studios have insurance for emergencies, but questions remain over whether or not a literal pandemic is covered under many of these plans. That doesn’t even take into consideration the employment issues, from the need to pay actors and directors their full fees to the below-the-line workers who face sudden unemployment.

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Finished films will eventually get a release, but only time will tell if studios choose to hold out for an eventual theatrical release or if they decide that streaming is more beneficial. It’s worth remembering that we still have very little knowledge of how profitable streaming is as revenue for many of these releases. Would it really be worthwhile for Disney to just stick Mulan on Disney+ over giving it the vast worldwide rollout they had planned? The chances are the answer is no, at least not for a film of that scale. The traditional means of release may see profits dwindling, but it’s still a far safer bet than streaming right now.

2020 as a whole may be vastly different in terms of film compared to what audiences were expecting because of the coronavirus. There’s a solid chance that many of this year’s most anticipated titles won’t get released until 2021, be it due to shifting release dates or delays from shutdown productions. Given the immense costs at stake right now, it may very well be that studios simply don’t have the funds to give all their big films the releases they had originally planned for them. It’s not just blockbusters being effected either. Everything across the board will be impacted, from low-budget indies to awards season favorites to international titles. The 2021 Oscars could see a drastically slimmer field compared to the previous year, for example.

The coronavirus has fully exposed how much of Hollywood’s default way of doing business is built on the shakiest of foundations, even when they aren’t facing down a worldwide crisis. When blockbuster tentpoles require near-unprecedented levels of grosses just to break even, the industry becomes overly reliant on an already unreliable market that has no long-term certainty. Right now, time is dictating how Hollywood moves forward. Studios will need to renegotiate their leases on soundstages and crews, contracts will need to be sorted out once more, and months, possibly years, of film and television schedules will need to be drastically overhauled. Hundreds of millions of dollars of lost revenue mean that Hollywood will have to drastically change track for the long term. There simply won’t be enough money to go round to stick to business as usual, even for the big players in the game.

The most seismic shift may come in the form of a serious shortening of the theatrical window. That’s something that’s already been changing over the past few years in the age of Netflix, but it feels inevitable now. Audiences were choosing to stay at home long before the coronavirus, and studios were having a tough time getting people into the cinemas. Aside from those major event movies that by design require a high-paying worldwide audience, direct-to-streaming may become the default mode.

Hollywood has proven that it’s not ready, or at the very least willing, to make major changes to its increasingly archaic way of business. The traditional studios aren’t ready to fully embrace at-home viewing, especially since it’s yet to fully prove its status as a guaranteed money-maker; yet, even when the worst of the coronavirus has passed, people may still be hesitant to return to the cinemas to rub shoulders with coughing strangers. That is why Hollywood can never be the same after this, because the world will not be the same after this — not after dealing with a life-altering pandemic. Right now, all one can do is speculate about the future, but whatever happens, Hollywood must be fully aware that trying to revert to the status quo after this major social and economic shift would be a fool’s folly.

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2020-03-20 20:17:45

Kayleigh Donaldson

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Explained | Screen Rant

The Resident Evil 3 demo gives fans a chance to experience a small section at the beginning of the game. Playing as Jill Valentine, players need to make their way through a zombie-infested Raccoon City and survive against all odds.

While zombies are the main threat, Jill also has to contend with the fearsome Nemesis, a massive bioweapon hellbent on hunting down the members of STARS.

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Considering Nemesis was in the title of the original game, he’s integrally important to both the story and gameplay experience. For anyone looking for a little more background on Nemesis after the Resident Evil 3 demo, here are the character’s origins.

The Umbrella Corporation, the main villains of the Resident Evil series, had multiple bioweapon projects in development, trying to create the perfect weapon to sell to governments and militaries. Project Tyrant was the main one, responsible for crafting the BOWs known as Tyrants, like Mr. X in Resident Evil 2. Essentially the Tyrant project created a deadly virus that takes over its host and turns them into an incredibly powerful BOW. The Nemesis Project was created in tandem to Tyrant.

Nemesis created NE-α parasites to fix some of the side effects of Umbrella’s other work. The biggest downside to the Tyrant virus is that it would render it’s host unintelligent and violent. The Nemesis virus was able to take over the brain of a Tyrant host and restore it’s intelligence, making the creature even deadlier. The character known as Nemesis was one of the first Tyrants that were able to survive being implanted with the NE-α parasite, and the creature developed its own personality.

As the outbreak spreads in Raccoon City, Umbrella sends multiple BOWs there to get test data and see how they perform. After the destruction of T-002 in the first Resident Evil, the members of STARS become primary targets for Umbrella. Nemesis is sent to Raccoon City to hunt down any interfering members of the organization, and because of the creature’s heightened intelligence, it can instantly recognize members like Jill, as it was shown their profiles beforehand. Nemesis’ sole purpose in Raccoon City is to track and hunt down STARS members, then put them down before they can disrupt any more of Umbrella’s plans. The creature’s strategic thinking means it poses much more of a threat to Jill in Resident Evil 3 than MR. X did in RE 2.

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2020-03-20 20:13:42

Hayes Madsen

Rainbow Six Siege Gets GoldenEye’s Golden Gun Mode | Screen Rant

Ubisoft is adding yet another limited-time event to Rainbow Six Siege, but this one is drawing its inspiration from the Nintendo 64’s beloved GoldenEye 007 by adding the infamous Golden Gun to the game. Many longtime gamers will recognize the Golden Gun as the fancy pistol that could take out other players with a single bullet, leading to plenty of fun (and frustration) in the original GoldenEye game. Still, it remains an iconic weapon in gaming to this day.

While GoldenEye was a fantastic shooter for consoles upon its debut, the first-person shooter genre has evolved significantly since then. One of the best multiplayer shooters on the market currently is none other than Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege, which has some of the most technically-sound mechanics around. Despite the concept of this one-shot weapon making its way to other games in the past, Ubisoft felt that revisiting it for its shooter made a great deal of sense. Truth be told, it’s hard to disagree.

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The official Rainbow Six Siege Twitter account informed followers of the new game mode, officially dubbing it ‘The Golden Gun arcade playlist’. While that’s a simple enough name to convey the premise for gamers, Ubisoft also confirmed that the game mode will only run until March 23, 2020. Given the number of enforced homebodies present during the COVID-19 pandemic, this playlist couldn’t have arrived at a better time. Plus, it’s an absolute blast to play.

Ubisoft has been engaging with and growing the Siege community in a number of ways since launching the title in 2015. Expansions like the recently-released Operation Void Edge have been the backbone of extending the title’s lifespan, there’s no denying that. Still, limited events like Siege‘s Halloween 2019 update or the aforementioned ‘The Golden Gun’ have given players a reason to continue hopping on in between major content drops, and the game has continued to grow as a result.

Admittedly, it’s hard to determine how future content updates for the game will shake out given that COVID-19 could delay future Rainbow Six Siege updates. Even then, the safety and wellbeing of all those working on Rainbow Six are paramount and far outweigh the importance of desire for new content in a video game. Besides, The Golden Gun mode is a complete and utter blast for anyone that wants to enjoy an arcadey twist on what is otherwise a rather technical shooter.

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Source: Rainbow Six Siege – Twitter



2020-03-20 19:26:53

Riley Little

Wonder Woman 1984 Will NOT Go Straight To Streaming | Screen Rant

Warner Bros. is considering releasing Wonder Woman 1984 straight to streaming via an on-demand launch, forgoing a run in theaters entirely. With theaters closing down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, studios has pulled several of their March, April, and May movies off the release calendar over the last week. At the same time, many of them have set their current releases to premiere on video-on-demand as early as today, in order to make them available for people who want to watch them while self-quarantining at home.

Given the still-fluid nature of the coronavirus outbreak, it’s unclear when things will return to normal – much less, how studios are going to handle the logistical nightmare of rescheduling all their delayed movies. For that reason, it’s equally unclear if WB will be able to release Wonder Woman 1984 in theaters at the start of June as planned, assuming the majority of theaters are up and running again by that point in time. As a result, the studio is giving thought to skipping the sequel’s theatrical run altogether.

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According to The Wrap, Warner Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich and his top advisers are seriously considering bypassing theaters and releasing Wonder Woman 1984 straight to streaming via an on-demand service. Director Patty Jenkins and executive producer Charles Roven have yet to be brought into the talks, but reportedly want the film to be delayed to an August release date, instead. The Wrap also says WB is specifically considering giving Wonder Woman 1984 a VOD launch in order to recuperate its costs, as opposed to releasing it on HBO Max when the WarnerMedia streaming service goes live in May.

UPDATE: WB has since confirmed to IndieWire that Wonder Woman 1984 will get a full theatrical release. The rest of this article has been left as it was originally published.

From a financial standpoint, releasing Wonder Woman 1984 straight to streaming would present some serious challenges. The original Wonder Woman took home $822 million at the global box office, and it’s expected the sequel could top $1 billion. According to The Wrap, the film would need 16-21 million units downloaded on demand in order to match the profit from a $1 billion theatrical gross, assuming each rental costs $30 to $40. For comparison’s sake, the most profitable PPV event in history, the 2015 Mayweather-Pacquaio fight, made $400 million from 4.4 million purchases at $90 apiece. That means Wonder Woman 1984 would need to be several times more successful to justify forgoing its theatrical run. While it’s technically not impossible, it seems extremely unlikely the film could do that, even under the circumstances of the coronavirus outbreak.

Jenkins and Roven’s plan to delay to August, on the other hand, seems like the smarter and more plausible option, commercially-speaking. NATO has already issued a statement saying the vast majority of delayed films are still expected to play in theaters once things return to normal, and that includes any June or July 2020 movies that end up getting pushed back, like Wonder Woman 1984 very well might be. It’s worth noting this isn’t the first time WB has considered going this route either, as The Wrap reveals they also talked about releasing Joker straight to streaming last fall in response to its pre-release controversy. They didn’t actually follow through with it, though, and the odds are very good Wonder Woman 1984 will likewise make its way to the big screen at some point in the future.

NEXT: Every Movie Releasing On-Demand & To Streaming Early Due To Coronavirus

Source: The Wrap

Update Source: IndieWire


2020-03-20 18:36:51

Sandy Schaefer